April 6, 2022
For Immediate Release
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SW Oklahoma State DH has 3 homer game; Wingate RHP fans 17 in 6.1 IP
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BONVENTRE, McCULLOUGH PHILLEY ARE NCBWA
DIVISION II NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released its NCAA Division II National Players of the Week awards for the week ending on April 3. Southwestern Oklahoma State senior designated hitter Enzo Bonventre is the National Hitter of the Week and Wingate redshirt-junior righty Brody McCullough is the National Pitcher of the Week.

Bonventre (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Newman) produced a .684 on base percentage and a 1.818 slugging percentage as the Bulldogs went 3-1 on the week. He homered in a 12-5 win against Cameron. Against East Central, he went 5-for-9 with nine RBI. In game one, he hit three home runs, including a go-ahead, three-run shot in the seventh followed by a grand slam in the eighth inning.

McCullough (Lexington, N.C./Sheets Memorial Christian HS) led defending national champion and No. 2 Wingate to a 14-2 victory over UVA-Wise, striking out 17 in just 6.1 innings of work, allowing two singles without giving up a run on the night. McCullough threw 89 pitches, with 61 strikes. A total of 17 of the 19 outs recorded came via strikeout. His first eight outs were strikeouts, striking out the side in the first and second before a flyout ended the third. McCullough struck out the side in the fourth, then allowed a leadoff single in the fifth, which he followed by striking out three-straight. After a groundout and walk in the sixth, McCullough notched his 15th and 16th strikeouts. He needed just three pitches in the top of the seventh to punch out his 17th batter of the night.

Division II Regional Players of the Week:
Atlantic: Bryce Jackson, Frostburg State (Hitter); Eric Sapp, Gannon (Pitcher)
Central: Enzo Bonventre, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Hitter); RJ Martinez, Minot State (Pitcher)
East: Lou Antos, Queens (N.Y.) (Hitter); Jack Choate, Assumption (Pitcher)
Midwest: Alex Steinbach, McKendree (Hitter); Jack Kroeger, Maryville (Pitcher)
South: Hayden Cooper, Delta State (Hitter); Dawnson Lane, Florida Southern (Pitcher)
South Central: Jared Brown, New Mexico Highlands (Hitter); Aaron Munson, Angelo State (Pitcher)
Southeast: Marek Chlup, North Greenville (Hitter); Brody McCullough, Wingate (Pitcher)
West: Grady Morgan, Chico State (Hitter); Baxter Halligan, Point Loma (Pitcher)

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Howser Award Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors preseason All-America awards, publication and writing contests.

2022 NCBWA Division II Players of the Week:
Week ending Feb. 6: Duncan Pastore, Nova Southeastern (Hitter); Justin Fuson, Fresno Pacific (Pitcher)
Week ending Feb. 13: Harrison Rodgers, Colorado Mesa (Hitter); Jack O'Brien, Hawaii Pacific (Pitcher)
Week ending Feb. 20: Brock Reller, Northeastern State (Hitter); Jeremy Adorno, Southern Arkansas (Pitcher)
Week ending Feb. 27: Zion Pettigrew, Illinois-Springfield (Hitter); Dominic Proietto, Kutztown (Pitcher)
Week ending March 6: Lewis Beals, Hillsdale (Hitter); Dylan Miller, Point Loma (Pitcher)
Week ending March 13: Kade Self, Oklahoma Baptist (Hitter); Kannon Handy, Colorado Mesa (Pitcher)
Week ending March 20: Sean Johnson, Belmont Abbey (Hitter); Lawson Isaacs, Central Oklahoma (Pitcher)
Week ending March 27: Drey Dirksen, Augustana (Hitter); Mason Philley, Arkansas-Monticello (Pitcher)
Week ending April 3: Enzo Bonventre, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Hitter); Brody McCullough, Wingate (Pitcher)
Week ending April 10: Brennen van Breusegen, Central Missouri (Hitter); Dylan Brosky, California, Pa. (Pitcher)
Week ending April 17: Caleb Stubbings, Colorado-Colorado Springs (Hitter); Colt Webb, Charleston (Pitcher)
Week ending April 24: Joey Polak, Maryville (Hitter); Luke Tupy, St. Cloud State (Pitcher)
Week ending May 1: Ben Gobbel, Belmont Abbey (Hitter); Jack Gonzales, Point Loma (Pitcher)
Week ending May 8: Luke Folsom, Colorado School of Mines (Hitter); Thomas Jones, Rockhurst (Pitcher)